The second tier of players without rookie extensions
Not likely a target for the Detroit Pistons but it will be interesting to see how his contract negotiations turn out with New York, who is trying to orchestrate a big trade this season.
The Hawks will want to keep Okongwu considering Clint Capela is on an expiring deal, but he could be a possibility for Detroit as he’s a good rebounder and shot blocker who can play the four, though he is not a floor stretcher.
I love him as a defender, but he needs to show consistency on offense. If he improves his shooting this season, Okoro could up his value as much as anyone, as he is already a good defender.
Williams is a good defender who hit over 40 percent from 3-point range last season. The Bulls should have the cap space to retain him next summer, but it is surprising they haven’t done so already, as Williams is really their only young talent. He’d be a nice option for the Detroit Pistons if he hits free agency and we know Troy Weaver is high on him.
A big wing who can defend and shoot 3’s, Green is another player who could be on the Pistons’ radar if he reaches free agency, especially if they end up trading Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks at some point.
Detroit will be taking a hard look at all of the free-agent power forwards next offseason, including Toppin. He’s athletic but can he shoot the 3-ball well enough? He should get plenty of chances in Indiana this season.
He’s probably got too much overlap skill-wise with Isaiah Stewart, but depending on what the Pistons do with their other bigs, he could be an option as a versatile big man.